Dec. 14, 2017 Regular edition
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Vol. 5, Issue 15 Free of Charge ~ Read and Enjoy! Thursday, December 14, 2017
Town paid rent and for renos at former CAO’s buildings
Heather Wright
owned by Baron.
The town released just three
The Independent
documents relating to the storage space on Fletcher St. A chart shows the town spent $466.64 in wages to secure the building with plywood and for general clean up. Another $605 was registered in equipment charges to the building.
The Town of Petrolia was paying for renovation supplies for 395 Fletcher St. two days before the former CAO owned the building.
Manny Baron also received $2,400 in rent from the town for 4168 Robert St. even though he publicly stated the town was not footing the bill.
Just two invoices were released. One invoice shows tipping fees of $179.93 at 395 Fletcher. The other is for material used in the building including plywood and screws totalling $552.21. It’s dated two days before Baron
That’s just two items found
in documents released to The Independent by the town under the Municipal Freedom of Information Act.
took possession of the building.
The signature of the town of cial who approved payment of the bill was blacked out, as was the Petrolia company which provided the service.
Baron owned both buildings through a numbered company. The former CAO didn’t disclose he owned
them publicly and mislead council saying Developer Horst Richter owned 395 Fletcher even though Baron’s numbered company owned the building for 11 days. After an investigation by an independent investigator, Baron resigned.
Under the act, municipalities can withhold the names of third parties
if, among other things, it could reveal trade secrets, prejudice a competitive situation, cause undue loss to a person or institution or if it was due to labour relations. It’s not clear if employees are considered third parties.
But many questions were left unanswered including if municipal money was put into the properties
SEE RENT PG 3 It’s a go: Nova invests $2B
Bonnie Stevenson and Heather Wright
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Cracker Revamp and continues with the Corunna All Ethane Conversion. It will increase the unit’s current ethylene capacity by more than 50 per cent.
A game changer. Historic. Great for us all.
Happy Holidays!
Those were some of the descriptions from community leaders as Nova Chemicals announced its investing $2 billion in Sarnia-Lambton.
The Nova build is the  rst major
After years of planning, lobbying and landing environmental approvals, Nova Chemicals celebrated the formal approval of its new world-class polyethylene facility.
construction in the Chemical Valley since the 1970s and is expected to create hundreds of jobs in the trades for four years.
Nova has been clearing the land behind the existing Corunna cracker off Rokeby Line at Highway 40 since September.
Economic development of cials say up to 750 spin-off positions could be created.
This project is the third phase in the expansion of the Corunna cracker, which began with the Corunna
Provincial Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid called the announcement, “...a game changer... This puts our chemistry here and across the province on a bright path.”
Organizers of the Alvinston Op mist Christmas Parade could not have asked for be er weather for the annual celebra on. A light snow fell Saturday night, yet it wasn’t too cool for spectators. There were lots of people lining River St. to watch the parade go by. See more photos on page 6.
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